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StarPoints For 2/3 vs Calgary

by Dallas Stars Staff / Dallas Stars

Calgary Flames (30-15-4) @ Dallas Stars (23-18-7)
7:30PM - American Airlines Center
Television - FS Southwest
Radio-News/Talk 820 WBAP

1.)  Tonight’s match-up marks the second of four meetings between the Dallas Stars and the Calgary Flames and the first at American Airlines Center. The Stars won the first meeting, 3-1, Dec. 2 at Pengrowth Saddledome in Calgary with a strong effort from Marty Turco, who stopped 36-of-37 shots. Turco was named the First Star of the Game and Fabian Brunnstrom collected his second game-winning goal of the season. Since American Airlines Center opened in the 2001-02 season, the Stars have lost in regulation to Calgary only twice in Dallas, boasting a 7-2-3 record. The Stars have outscored the Flames, 37 to 27, in those games.
 
2.)  The streak continues. The Dallas Stars are currently on a season-high four-game win streak, defeating Florida, Atlanta, Detroit and Columbus. Dallas has found a way to win games and maintain momentum moving up the Western Conference standings, where they currently sit in sixth place. Dallas has outscored its opponents, 17 to 6, during the winning streak including 7-2 in the first period. The early leads have set the tone for the Stars during the run and they have been able to stifle the opposing squad for the final two periods. All but two of Dallas’ skaters have recorded a point in the four games. Brian Sutherby and Andrew Hutchinson each scored their first goals in a Dallas Stars uniform Saturday night against Columbus.
 
3.)  February is an important month for the Dallas Stars. The club has 13 games scheduled in the short month with 10 of those games to be played at American Airlines Center. The Stars are behind many of the teams in the Western Conference in games played but they will be caught up by the end of February with the busy schedule. Dallas will play only one Eastern Conference team during the month, which will mean that almost every game will provide a chance for the Stars to gain on or separate from the other teams in the Western Conference. The Stars have been solid this season at home, going 12-6-4 in 22 games this season. Dallas will look to extend the home success for the month of February.
 
4.)  Marty Turco has played some of his best games against the Calgary Flames during his eight NHL seasons. In 23 career games against the club, Turco has posted a 13-6-3 record. He has shut out the Flames three times and has posted an impressive 1.81 GAA. The 33-year-old currently leads the NHL in minutes with 2,656 and is second, behind Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff, for games played with 45. Both of these goaltenders have been asked to shoulder the load for their team and they have responded well. While the beginning of the season was forgettable for Marty Turco, he has been resilient and has set the tone for the Stars’ turnaround.
 
5.)  One to watch for: Jarome Iginla, who was originally drafted by the Stars in the first round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft (11th overall), is the heart and soul of the Calgary Flames. Iginla has been the captain for the club since the start of the 2003-04 season and is the prototype power forward in the NHL. The 31-year-old was recognized for his leadership qualities in 2004 when he was awarded the King Clancey Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution in his community.  The Edmonton native has scored over 90 points in three seasons in the NHL and is on pace to do it again with 56 points through 49 games this season. The Stars have done well against Iginla throughout his career, holding the right wing to eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points in 41 games.


Author: Dallas Stars Staff

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